Country All the Time is a concert favorite for the many fans of The Nathan Thomas Band. Recorded in Redding, California in December 2012, this rock / country fusion music is entertaining and uplifting.
Members: Nathan Thomas, Frank Sletner, Seth Carlson
Sounds Like: Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley
Founder and front man of The Nathan Thomas Band,Nathan Thomas Hutt, came from humble beginnings. His father, a middle school teacher, and his preschool teacher mother raised Nathan with traditional rural American values. Both parents worked hard and smart; they raised Nathan accordingly. Nathan began taking piano lessons at age five and continued lessons and recitals until he was eight, at which time, Nathan began a ten year American football career. From age eight until fourteen he did not do much musically beside the occasional piano recital and playing at home. At age twelve Nathan’s parents purchased for him a six string acoustic guitar as a Christmas present in 2003. From then on Nathan began teaching himself, picking up skills from listening to artists such as Brad Paisley, Slash, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many others. Months later he was playing on his youth group church worship team. He played lead guitar for Little Country Church for six years before changing churches to Neighborhood Church.
In 2010 Nathan got in a life threatening car accident and came out unscathed. He dropped out of college and quit his job at a grocery store. Through this crucible of facing death, Nathan began writing and performing his own music. Later In 2010 Nathan joined a country band with lead singer Summer Schappell. It was there he met his future drummer Nathan Sletner. A few months later that band split and Nathan moved to Oregon for a few months to perform with an Elvis tribute artist. As the opening act for the Elvis tribute band, Nathan played guitar, as well as drums.
In January 2011 Nathan Hutt was asked to open for a bigger act in Oregon. This required Nathan to consolidate his friendships with talented band members. They opened the concerts under the name: Nate Hutt and the Hired Hands. This name only lasted a few months before they changed it to The Nathan Thomas Band. They played venues in Redding, California including Johnny’s Cathouse, Win River Casino, Bombay’s, Lulu’s, the Jukebox Festival, and other local events. The Nathan Thomas Band also began traveling and played the entire Sacramento, California area. Demand for their new sound, derivative from country music, drove The Nathan Thomas Band to Chico, Los Gatos, Walnut Creek, Medford, Klamath Falls, Carson City, Reno, and Los Angeles. The Nathan Thomas Band was raising the attention of large venues and they were playing in three western states.
They put out their first album entitled “Get A Little Crazy” in May of 2012. It was an eight song album that included all original songs.
Prolific and energized drummer of The Nathan Thomas Band, Nathan (Frank) Sletner, was also a member of the band Nate Hutt and the Hired Hands. He was with Nathan Hutt before the birth of The Nathan Thomas Band. Frank had a similar rearing as that of Nathan Hutt. Frank was raised by very hard, smart working parents. Always having to work for what he wanted plays a huge role in Frank’s work and musical practice ethics of today. Frank is obsessed with practicing and becoming better. He has been playing drums since he was ten, for a total of 14 years and has won the local and regional rounds of the Guitar Center drum off. Frank will soon be competing in the state round. He too plays on the church worship team at Neighborhood Church. Frank was released from the Summer Schappell band after Nathan Hutt also left. Frank was influenced early on by John Bonham, Carl Palmer and Simon Phillips and eventually got into jazz, fusion, gospel, metal, and experimental music. He is now influenced by drummers such as Zach Hill, Morgan Agren, and Ronald Bruner Jr. These influences have played a crucial role in developing the sound that is now unique and expressed and individualistic to The Nathan Thomas Band.
Nathan Thomas Hutt has won the Texaco Country Showdown twice locally, in both Oregon and California.
Connoisseur of all forms of music, Seth Carlson, has been involved in music his entire life. Starting on piano, Seth has always sought the best sounds and demands the best from his performances. He moved effortlessly from piano to drums to guitar to bass to miscellaneous instruments. Seth is a renaissance musician. He is the go-to guy. Playing bass and singing harmonies are Seth’s role in The Nathan Thomas Band. Similar to his band mates, Seth’s musical style is different from that which the standard ear is accustomed. A background in classically trained piano and guitar transforming to jazz and fusion has given Seth’s style a solid rhythm and groove that lays the foundation for the sound of The Nathan Thomas Band. Seth has been part of huge productions all over California including NAMM and many theater productions and specials. Seth is the most well practiced, clean, and talented stringed musician on the West Coast, without equivocation.